Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Blues sign pair of restricted free agents, including Fabbri

Forward gets one-year contract after spending most of past two seasons 
recovering from knee surgery; MacEachern gets one-year, two-way contract

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues announced a pair of signings among their restricted free agents, most notably agreeing to a one-year contract with 2014 first-round pick, forward Robby Fabbri.

Robby Fabbri
Fabbri, who missed all of last season after a second ACL surgery on his left knee, will get $925,000; he has not played a regular-season game since initially injuring his knee Feb. 4, 2017 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said on Sunday that Fabbri, 22, was recently medically cleared to return to resume on-ice activities in preparation for training camp in September and is expected to be a full participant.

"Robby has been cleared by his doctor that did the surgery for full participation in preparation of training camp," Armstrong said Sunday. "He's up in Toronto and he's training. He's in a position now where he can do anything any other hockey player can do as far as preparing for training camp. That was exciting news when we got that." 

In two seasons with the Blues, Fabbri has posted 66 points (29 goals, 37 assists) in 123 regular-season games; he also has 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 20 Stanley Cup playoff games.

The Blues also signed 2012 third-round pick, forward Mackenzie MacEachern to a one-year, two-way contract

MacEachern, 24, spent last season with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League and had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in 46 games. 

After a three-year collegiate career at Michigan State, MacEachern has spent the past two seasons with the Wolves and will most likely be joining the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

With two restricted free agents signed, that leaves the Blues with defensemen Joel Edmundson and Jordan Schmaltz and forwards Dmitrij Jaskin and Oskar Sundqvist as RFA's without a contract. Forward Beau Bennett, defenseman Petteri LIndbohm and goalie Jordan Binnington are RFA's without a contract who spent most of last season playing in the AHL.

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